March 28, 2008
Technically speaking, the Los Angeles Lakers are in trouble, and not just because they're in a three-way logjam for second place in the Western Conference according to the Los Angeles Times.
Kobe Bryant is collecting technical fouls in a flurry and will be automatically suspended by the league for one game if he picks up one more technical in the Lakers' last 10 regular-season games. He has 15 technical fouls after receiving two in Wednesday's embarrassing 108-95 home loss to Charlotte.
Bryant had only four technical fouls through Jan. 12, but has since gone on a virtual one-a-week spree, collecting 11 in the last 11 weeks. It has been an uncomfortable issue for the Lakers at the end of the last few seasons. Bryant had 14 technical fouls last season and 15 in 2005-06. In addition, he has racked up $22,500 in fines associated with technical fouls this season. He was sent a warning letter by the NBA after he picked up his 12th technical foul earlier this month.